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Monday, May 26, 2008

"Mickey's Rival" (1936) - Squash & Stretch Mickey

The exaggeration of movement is one of the elements that defines cartoons. The "rubberization" of the body traces back to creative animators in the late 1910's and early 1920's. Here is a great example of Squash & Stretch from "Mickey's Rival" (1936). Be sure to click on the images to enlarge the pencil sketches.

"Mickey's Rival" (1936) - Squash & Stretch Technique

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From “Mickey's Rival” (1936). Pencil sketch of Mickey pulling a cup from his nose -- 1 of 4 in sequence where Mickey is first looking at the cup on his nose. Items in 4-sheet sequence: 785, 786, 787, 788. Notes: "+5"; "T.R."; some directions have been erased on the right side of the sheet. [Unframed Item: 12"W x 10"H; 12-field] SeqID-0785 11/7/2005


  1. Bob--

    What a great example of the evolution of animation.


  2. I love, love, love this one. :)
    I seldom get excited about pencils from the shorts but this sequence is one of the nicest I've seen!

  3. Joakim- I know what you mean! It's nice to see some great examples. I know many others exist, but having Mickey in the shot makes it a little more unusual...

  4. Do we have any idea who the clean-up artist "T.R." is ?

    Tony Rivera ? (a Disney assistant animator in the
    30's) .

    That's the only "T.R." I know . Could be any number of people who were assistants at Disney's . It was customary for assistants to initial their drawings . (so if there was a question or a problem with a scene it could be traced back to the person who did the final clean-up drawing.)